On Monday, the Biden White House altered its previous policy that did not allow certain federally-funded abortion clinics to get money from the government if they were connected to referring women to abortions.
The Dept. of Health and Human Services made a statement describing the move that will reportedly place the Title X program back to how it was used before the changes being done in 2019. The new development will take effect on Nov. 8th.
In a comment from HHS, the dept. said it had given a rule that “realigns the country’s family planning program with standards of healthcare, reinforces the emphasis on equity, equality and dignity for every person seeking Title X services, and modernizes the over 50-year old program to better reflect America’s current healthcare system.”
It continued, “This new measure replaces the 2019 Title X, reversing the Trump White House’s changes to the program.”
As reported by The Hill, “Title X has always prevented direct funding from being given to abortions. But with the Trump White House’s regulation, these clinics also could not sent their patients for abortions, in what critics said was a ‘gag rule.’”
“This rule is a step forward for family planning as it seeks to restore America’s Title X program,” said Xavier Becerra, the HHS Secretary. “Our nation’s family planning clinics play a crucial role in giving health care, and now more than ever, we are making it certain that access to good family planning care includes good recommendations and referrals—based on a individual’s direction and needs.”
The move comes after Democrat Senator Joe Manchin (WV) said he would not support a reconciliation bill that does not include the Hyde Amendment, which stops federal taxpayer dollars from being sent to abortions.
Many Americans are watching the upcoming Supreme Court ruling, specifically one about an abortion case involving a Mississippi law.
As we have reported, the U.S. Supreme Court set the date of Dec. 1st to hear this case. Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization is about a law preventing most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Given previous rulings from this court, states are forced to allow pre-viability abortions, which happen before a fetus can survive by itself outside the womb — usually around 20 to 24 weeks of pregnancy.
When it accepted the case back in May, the high court reviewed the question, “Whether all pre-viability prohibitions on abortions are constitutional or not,” meaning that if the Supreme Court sides with Mississippi, states would possibly be allowed to decide their own laws on abortion. States could once again enact their own abortions restrictions — possibly even to the moment of conception.
Author: Steven Sinclaire